You may or may not have noticed my link to The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs. If imitation is the truest form of flattery, then parody must be holy. For more the last 14 months, tech enthusiasts have become enamored with the anonymous blog and that fakes being the personal blog of Apple mastermind Steve Jobs.

How could you not love Fake Steve Jobs calling Bill Gates "Beastmaster," claiming "Suing me is like suing God," and calling fans of the open-source operating system Linux "freetards"?

But late last week, NYTimes reporter Brad Stone uncovered one of the blogosphere's greatest secrets the identity of Fake Steve Jobs. According to the NYTimes article, he is ironically Forbes senior editor Daniel Lyons.

Upon being identified, Lyons said, β€œI’m stunned that it’s taken this long. I have not been that good at keeping it a secret. I’ve been sort of waiting for this call for months.”

Lyons also came clean on this blog post, in true Fake Steve Jobs fashion:

"Well, tip of the hat to you, Brad Stone. You did the sleuthing. You put the pieces of the puzzle together. You went through my trash, hacked into my computer, and put listening devices in my home. Now you've ruined the mystery of Fake Steve, robbing thousands of people around the world of their sense of childlike wonder. Hope you feel good about yourself, you mangina."

He also encouraged people to use Brad Stone's name (in part or whole) as a creative verb, suggesting...

Brad Stone(v):
  1. To bust a fellow filthy hack without mercy and spoil the fun for everyone, in a quest for personal aggrandizement.
  2. To urinate in a pool.

Don't you see why I love this guy, identified or anonymous? He speaks my language.